Hey Thunder fans, I just wrote an article on Canis Hoopus about some possible trade routes that the Timberwolves should look into and two of them were involving the Thunder. So I was just wondering, from OKC fans, what are the thoughts on the trades?
Here is my actual post on Canis Hoopus..
Hypothetical Scenario #2 - trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder
(Belief that Westbrook wants to be/believes he is the "alpha-dog" of the Thunder... although he's still very young, the Thunder might be inclined to trade Westbrook if a good enough package comes around and/or to get rid of his ego. This trade makes a lot of sense, as Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook are very good friends (both went to UCLA) and are summer workout partners, and on the other side of things, Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant are childhood friends.)
PF: Kevin Love
SF: Wesley Johnson
PG: Russell Westbrook
Hypothetical Scenario #3 - trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder
(As stated prior, Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook are very good friends, so this makes sense. Love gives them a strong rebounder and an unselfish "perfect complementary" player that doesn't need to have plays written up for him. The nucleus of Love/Durant/Westbrook makes them a sure fire top 3 team in the league for the next 5-10 years. Although it seems as if the Thunder are determined to mould Ibaka into what they believe will be a great PF, this offer might be too much to resist. Getting Ibaka (who will grow into a center's body in time) would push Beasley to his normal position (PF) and open up a spot for Williams (who believes he will be a SF in the NBA). Although it would be painful to lose the franchise player, this trade would give the Timberwolves a ton of depth and a strong, young, all-around team.)
C: Serge Ibaka
PF: Michael Beasley/Anthony Randolph
SF: Derrick Williams/Wesley Johnson
SG: James Harden
PG: Ricky Rubio/Luke Ridnour
Thanks for your time, just thought it would be good to see your perspective on both trades. If there are any minor changes you would make to the trades, or any completely alternate offers that I didn't think of, please post them. Also, for what it's worth, both trades had a fairly strong backing on Canis Hoopus and were both believed to be pretty fair for both sides.
Which trade would be best from an OKC perspective?
Michael Beasley, Luke Ridnour and 2011 first round pick (#2 overall) for Russell Westbrook and filler (8 votes)
Kevin Love for Serge Ibaka, James Harden and 2011 first round pick (#24 overall) (10 votes)
None of the above (27 votes)
45 total votes